Environmental Studies

University of Mississippi

Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare

by Ivo Kamps, Karen L. Raber, Thomas Hallock

This volume centers on the study of the relations between literature and the environment and poses important questions to an evolving field: why has ecocriticism focused on narrow, more recent historical periods?  What has prevented or discouraged critics from extending environmentally-conscious readings further into the past, and what is lost as a consequence?  Early Modern Ecostudies engages directly with such issues and advances a new practice that borrows from the methodologies of current ecocriticism, interrogates its problematic assumptions, and extends its reach and significance. Dealing with a range of subjects, these essays apply ecocritical methods to traditional authors such as Shakespeare, Sidney, More, and Milton; canonical texts such Edward Taylor’s poetry and the Florentine Codex; and documents from the literature of discovery, medicine, and natural history.